Sunday, April 20, 2014

reclaimed doug fir shelving progress

these are some tall and wide constructions, completely out of my typical scale. sooo much work getting things all square and theoretically close in size. remembering which edge/surface is the reference one is important when you are 108" edge to edge, sharp. still quite fun.

I had my very steadfast mate, Chad over this afternoon helping tap all the large scale tenons and dovetails, and they are looking promising. His presence during glue-up should minimize expletives.

There will be a center vertical upright that will slot into this one via housed bridle joint. each component adds to the risk, but the end will hopefully be square enough for Oakland.

just in case you actually scrolled down to here, this is where the shelves will be installed. the frames are made of 3/4" birch ply, made as level as possible, and when I test drove one of the shelf uprights, it was aparent that the wall was way off (I checked with a level to verify that my pieces weren't just out of square!). this is where rubber greets road!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

good bye, john henry

please impart whatever good luck remains in your engine to Mr Lowden

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

guest bedroom schematic r2

organizing the shelf spanning the door to be a bit taller, such that there are about half as much the distance to the door moulding as to the lateral edges.
Here's a close up of how the edge molding meets the base and stepback shelf overhang. Not sure if i want to do an ovolo or this plane curve seen here. or ogee?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

shelving wood milling/lamination in progress

The shelf will reach from floor to ceiling, which is roughly 9'. I searched for the material and found some 18' lengths of shiplapped 6/4 fir that perhaps was used as truck bedding. They were mostly flat sawn, too. So i cut these boards in 2, and then surface planed them and ripped into 1" wide strips that were then ripped and glued up.

fair bit of glue and processing. why? well, it's VG fir on the cheap, that's why! I hope it to be a bit more stable, and easier to look at than trying to match a bunch of random flat sawn fir from the same source. it is a lot of trouble, but i hope it's worth while. so far, so good.

Friday, January 10, 2014

guest bedroom schematics in process

next big project is our guest room, where I want to install a wall sized bookshelf (12'x9'), a trundle/daybed and some desk workspace. Plan is to have it all made from reclaimed doug fir. I've got a few hundred bf of it in the and have been milling the shelf boxes right now.

sketchup model located here:

(i'm sure there's a lot of sketchup abuse going on here.)

some shots below, can't figure out how to toggle the floating annotations so the scene is a bit cluttered. shelving will have LED tape light aimed inward around the vertical supports. that's a built-in bench/trundle bed in the corner

Saturday, November 30, 2013

a commuting bicycle hanger in reclaimed redwood and doug fir

This project originally began as a built in construction that seemed too intrusive to integrate into the space we wanted to use for stowing our commuter bikes. The unused sketchup model Here. I instead tried to do something a bit lighter weight, using the studs as the main load bearing component. sketchup here.

I wanted to experiment with new joinery technique so the shelving carcass involves dadoes with stub tenons on the lower tier, and a mitered half blind dovetail on the top. Since this piece is for our commuter bikes it has low pressure associated with the joinery and I felt like I could be a bit more loose with the saw. Redwood is nice and soft and i've been working with it a lot recently, but it's so fragile that i am looking forward to using stuff that is a bit more resilient.

project photos ensue. apologies for the photos, the shelf is intended to hold helmets for la Femme and myself. also maybe a few extra doo-dads that make bikes go. chain lube, spare mags, etc.

the hardware came from someone who has the audacity to call it "Leonardo" and while it is OK, I do not think the original dude would be happy with the crappy welds. port side has two 3/4" doug fir pegs for hanging coats and such. Might have some more aiming inboard.

First step was to try to optimize the arrangement of bikes. Horizontal space was premium in this application, so a staggered,overlapping formation was chosen and sorted out on my garage wall. Please remind me to never clutter this wall so that such experiments can continue.

I mocked up a support board as proof of concept and it felt "right". We have Lath and Plaster hell here, so no modern stud finder reliably divines the stud. I resorted to what my hero Nassim Nicholas Taleb would charitably regard as "stochastic tinkering" to drill tiny probing holes into the wall near the baseboard to verify stud location, and then run these findings up along the wall using blue tape.

Shelf unit is attached with two housed bridle joints. I had performed a lot of tinkering and verifying to get the placement right. The japanese square was an invaluable tool, even though the non empirical units on the reverse side drive me crazy.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

42 years in 6/4 doug fir

i've had this stick of dense and old doug fir. really old stuff. used it as a brace in the trestle of an experimental desk some years ago. here now as the main support beam for a new project, a bicycle hanger for our commuting rigs. we have about 32" of wall space next to the door where the bikes will go. Still, breathtaking grain density here going on. And to think I'm 42 years old: